Culinary Experiences

Joseph Phelps wine food experience dish of lobster bisque

Culinary Experiences

Joe Phelps had a love of food and wine that took root in the late 1960s during a pivotal trip to Italy. He became friends with, and learned a great deal from, the godmother of California cuisine, Alice Waters, with whom he shared a passion for the local provisions and fresh produce that the Bay Area had to offer. By the late 1970s, and continuing for the rest of his life, Joe was known for his legendary gatherings of family and friends in his home, where he would share great wine and food that he had prepared.

“As I’ve journeyed through life one sip at a time I’ve come to think of good food and the right wine as silent poetry.  Enjoyed together, they become a lyrical tribute to the pleasures of the table.”

– Joe Phelps

Inspired by Joe’s lifelong culinary passion, the winery has launched its first culinary program. Executive Chef Brian Sutton has an illustrious background that has led him to work at some of the most celebrated food and wine destinations throughout the world, including Calistoga Ranch and Relais & Chateaux property The Point in Adirondacks, NY. We invite you to join Chef Brian and his team, Chefs Ryan Seal and Izzy Kurtz, on your next visit to Napa Valley for an unforgettable wine and food experience.


Wine & Cheese Pairing

Learn how wine and food interact with one another and discover your own pairing preferences. Join us for a guided wine tasting and pairing of local and regional cheeses along with house-made delicacies during this fun and educational experience. Learn More

cheese plate

Playful Plates

Join us for a unique interactive wine and food pairing experience. Guests will enjoy a flight of five Joseph Phelps Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast wines, including Insignia, paired with seasonally inspired plates that contrast and complement our wines. Learn More

table setting with wine glasses and a Playful Plates food course

Bountiful Table

Savor the bounty of our region through a wine and food journey. Join us in our picturesque dining room for an unforgettable experience of pairing seasonal ingredients with the extraordinary wines of Joseph Phelps Vineyards. Learn More

Bountiful Table food course of quail

Private Events

Located on a tranquil hillside overlooking our estate vineyards, Joseph Phelps Vineyards is an ideal location for your special celebration. Learn More

Guests smelling wine from a glass at a dinner table

Winery Recipes

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